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tly celebrated her 60th birthday,

a milestone which she saw as distant and jeopardized when she was

diagnosed with UC at the age of 39. Looking back now, Maureen feels

that she was fortunate to have the guidance of a compassionate

gastroenterologist, the benefit of modern pharmaceuticals, the ongoing

research devoted to curing UC, and the support of a terrific family.

-- Elizabeth Camp, an emergency medical technician from Concord, Ga., was

diagnosed with UC when she was just eleven years old. The disease was

so advanced that she underwent several surgeries to remove her large

intestine. Elizabeth has since resumed a normal life, but her

experience as a survivor changed her as a person and has allowed her to

see the colors of the world in a new light.

-- Pamela Jefferson, from Carthage, Ill., is a wife, mother and

grandmother, a second grade teacher and active member of her church

parish. However, when diagnosed with UC fifteen years ago, she felt as

if her life centered around where bathrooms were located. Since then

she has found that the keys to living successfully with UC are prayer,

education, the right foods and medication, exercise and a good sense of


-- Patty Kunze, from Cape Canaveral, Fla., remembers that less than eight

years ago her life was jammed with doctors' visits, exhaustion, stress,

pain and uncertainty about her future. But after learning how to manage

her UC, she feels that she is no longer a UC patient first and

foremost. She is a National Board Certified eighth-grade teacher who

plays bass and trumpet in a band; she is someone who recently finished

writing her first novel; she is someone who goes contra dancing on the

weekends ... and she just happens to have UC.

-- Shervin Shafa, from Raleigh, N.C., began h

SOURCE The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
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